2 Peter 3 The Lord Is Not A Slacker

Highlights

  • 3:1-2 Purpose of the writing. Peter puts the words of the apostles on the same level as the prophets.
    • walking – follow after something, a journey, carry over
    • The motivation of the scoffer – not truth, but self. Amazing how this letter and Jude parallel one another.
  • Creation – by Godʼs word, communicated by Godʼs word.
  • The flood. A global judgment of God. By Godʼs word, communicated by Godʼs word.
  • What are they scoffing?
    • Creation, first judgment, Messiah coming, last judgment, new creation.
    • Erosion of Godʼs word from both ends.
    • Peter brings us back to the point of it all.
  • Right now, God is there as Peter is writing these words, as Daniel is in the lions den, as the Temple is being desecrated in our future. God is with you in the past, present, and future.
  • Peterʼs point, and the context, is that God is waiting, God is giving more people more time to come into a right relationship with Him.
    • David and Bathsheba.
    • What does God want of you/me/us? Repentance. Gospel.
  • grow in the grace and knowledge – Are you in a constant state of being transformed? Can other tell you are being changed?
  • TheLordisnotslack.Promisessalvation&judgment.Waiting& wanting, Donʼt choose from fear, but from need and love.

2 Peter 3 The Lord Is Not A Slacker

2 Peter 2 Savior AND Lord

Highlights

  • false prophets – pseudo prophets
  • false teachers – pseudo teachers. Genuinely deceived, and not
  • heresies – to chose, to elect to believe something different from the majority. “I donʼt want to believe this, I want to believe that.”
  • bought-purchased,nowunderthecontrolofthebuyer. An exchange. Key point.
  • follow – imitate. Supposed to imitate Jesus.
  • destructive – as the result of sensuality, absence of restraint.
  • the way of truth – there is only one way of truth.
  • The truth, the gospel, brings life, illumination, selflessness, salvation. The false brings destruction, greediness, confusion, deception, judgment.
  • 2:9 How does one go from being unjust to godly? Repentance.
    Transition point – itʼs an issue of lordship.
  • The struggles we see in the church, in marriages, in families, in individuals, all come back to Lordship of JC.
  • Canʼt do any of it assuming, “Godʼs probably OK with this.”
  • If Jesus isnʼt your Lord, He isnʼt your savior. Not my words, Godʼs.
  • Implied, if not specified, in the gospel, is the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Is He your Lord? Is this the missing thing in your relationship with Jesus? Start today.

2 Peter 2 Savior AND Lord

2 Peter 1:12-21 The Prophetic Word Confirmed

Highlights

  • Peter is going to remind us of the certainty of the basis for all of this. Not a philosophy, code, moral ethic. Really, really real.
  • stir – agitate. Sometimes we need that. Encountering someone we disagree with can help correct us, or further establish us in the truth.
  • You are never too young to think about what you are going to leave behind.
  • Boundary markers – help you now when you are about to cross a line. Psalm 119:9, 11.
    • Landmarks / altars – reminder to self and future of signifi- cant encounter with God. A-ha moments.
    • What are your landmarks? What are you doing to remember the reminders? Devos, study, memorization.
  • The God who moved and spoke to and through those people, wants to move and speak to and through you, in terms of relationship and delivering the gospel, the light to be heeded.

2 Peter 1:12-21 The Prophetic Word Confirmed

2 Peter 1:1-11 Give All Diligence

Highlights

  • Stuff must have happened between two letters. Very different. What?
    • A lack of diligence in their walk combined with persecution.
    • Weakened them to be deceived by false teachers promising them easier way.
    • Resulting in them bailing on Jesus and forgetting the promises concerning Godʼs love and justice. They needed reminders.
  • knowledge – epignosko. clear and exact knowledge from experience.
  • 1:4 great and precious promises through which we can be partners in, participants of the divine nature. The Exchange.
  • Where are you? Where are we as a church? Do you have all things? Are you partaking? Are you experiencing Jesus?
  • giving all diligence – strip down life to its essentials, add this in first, then the rest by priority. As soon as this gets crowded out something else needs to go
  • Imagine you know where your car keys are, but you spend all your time looking for them everywhere but where they are, and wondering why you canʼt find them. People do this with Jesus.
  • sure – you canʼt be more saved or less saved. Salvation, calling, election are in what He has done, not what we do. Peter means, for our sakes, do what it takes to make our lives in him firmly fixed, rooted, grounded.
  • Youʼre saved? Great! Do you have the abundant life Jesus promised?

2 Peter 1:1-11 Give All Diligence

1 Peter 5 The True Grace of God

Highlights

  • 5:1-4 Context of leaders in a time of persecution
  • not as being lords – not domineering, having dominion (5:11), being the boss of, Michael Scott
  • glory – carries the idea of approval. “You did it!” “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
  • submit yourselves – command, repeated in letter
  • humility – thinking of ourselves as we actually are in relation to others as we are in Jesus
  • humble – low, opposite of hyper
  • casting upon him – giving responsibility over to another
  • Everything in life filtered through the true grace of God.